Wind causes havoc in Taranaki
Power to about 1000 houses was affectedHANNAH FLEMING
Fire brigades around the province have attended a number of wind-related callouts this morning.
Power supply to about 1000 customers in and around coastal and south Taranaki was interrupted today following strong winds.
A severe weather warning has been issued for Taranaki, with south to southeast gales expected to reach 120 km/h which should ease about midday today.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the power cuts occurred mainly overnight and good progress was being made to restore power to the last affected consumers.
About 700 properties are still affected but are expected to have power back by 6pm.
A trampoline went flying in Hawera, while a number of trees had fallen, and rooves had lifted. In New Plymouth, rooves lifting and sheds blowing over had also been reported.
Mr Marsh said trees had caused the majority of the power cuts.
Flights from Wellington and Auckland into New Plymouth's airport had been cancelled this morning.
The Taranaki Regional Council is telling residents to secure any loose items on their properties, and motorists are being told to drive with care.
The towing of caravans, driving of high-sided vehicles or riding of motorcycles is discouraged, while farmers and animal owners are advised to ensure their livestock is safe and protected from the bitterly cold blizzard-like conditions.
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